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Party on with Gardeners' Question Time at Mount Stewart

The Gardeners' Question Time team are coming to Mount Stewart this weekend

TICKETS are selling fast for BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time (GQT) as it comes to the shores of Strangford Lough on Saturday June 9.

The popular show will be holding their annual Summer Garden Party at the National Trust’s Mount Stewart on the outskirts of Newtownards. The GQT Summer Garden Party is Radio 4’s biggest annual event and this is the first time it has ever been held in the north.

Ticket holders will get the chance to meet the GQT panellists, put their questions to the gardening gurus in person, and participate in demonstrations and horticultural happenings across the gardens.

The line up for the event includes Matthew Wilson, Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, James Wong, Pippa Greenwood, Matt Biggs and GQT chairmen Eric Robson and Peter Gibb, who will all offer their insights into the art of gardening.

The popular Radio 4 show will be holding their annual Summer Garden Party at the National Trust’s Mount Stewart on the outskirts of Newtownards on Saturday

As well as recordings of BBC Radio 4’s GQT and BBC Radio Ulster’s Gardeners' Corner, there will be a host of other activities running throughout the day, including talks from RHS Chelsea gold winners Diarmuid Gavin and Ian Price, cookery demos from chefs at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast, garden design workshops, walking tours, plant sales and live music.

Eric Robson says: "We’re delighted to be bringing our listeners to Mount Stewart, a critically-acclaimed garden and a great setting for our annual horticultural revelries.

"In past years, the event has attracted listeners in their thousands, and we hope that in partnership with the National Trust, this year will be even bigger still."

:: A limited number of tickets are still available on Mount Stewart’s website, Nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart. Mount Stewart will be open as usual and normal admission fee applies (free for members). There will be activities to enjoy on the day for those who havent purchased tickets to the recordings.

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